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Urban Decay Vice 3: From Neutral to Bold & Extra Bold, This Palette Does It All

If it's not said already, I'm quite Urban Decay obsessed, especially when it comes to their NAKED line.  But you know, while they're really well known for their NAKED line, they're best known as the "Beauty with an Edge" brand.  It's apparent in their Book of Shadows (anyone remember those?), the Electric Palette, and the most recent Vice 3.
Formula X Paint Party = 24 Travel Size Manicure | Mani Monday


If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, you may know that I'm currently on vacation in Hong Kong.  One of things about planning a vacation right after your exam is that, you really don't have enough time to pack and run all the errands you meant to do before but too busy studying.

I was in a panic mode for several days since Halloween, thinking, "so much to do, so little time".  I was overwhelmed by my poorly planned schedule.  So the manicure plan had to be terminated, and I opted for bringing a few press pods included in Formula X Paint Party (CA $47 / US $39) instead.
Giveaway: Benefit Cosmetics Pretty Parfait Gift Set

It's time for some Holiday Giveaway!  This time, I'm giving away a gift set by Benefit called Pretty Parfait.  It contains 4 of Benebabes' favourite products:
  • They're Real Mascara
  • Gimme Brow
  • The POREfessional (mini)
  • Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer

This kit has a $98 value!  And these are definitely some of my favourite products too... Case in point, I use Benefit Gimme Brow almost every single day.  If you need to try one thing from Benefit, I would totally recommend Gimme Brow!  This giveaway if opened for 2 weeks (from November 2, 2014 to November 30, 2014 @ 11:59PM).  For more details about the giveaway, please refer to the Rafflecopter widget below

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Good luck!

x Rica

Sephora Friends & Family Sale & upcoming VIB Sale | Haul + Shopping Ideas

Sephora Friends and Family Sale Haul & VIB Sale Shopping Ideas

The annual Sephora Friends & Family Sale is here.  I was lucky to get a code from an awesome IGer.  Even if you missed out on the F&F sale, if history repeats itself, a VIB sale is going to happen soon (most likely early November).  The discount for the F&F sale was 20% (VIB sale was 20% off last year as well), so it's really the best time to stock up on some of your favourites, and also some holiday gift sets!

If you're wondering what to get, here's my haul + a few of my favourites I highly recommend!
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadows Take Pigmentation to a Whole New Level

For years, MAKE UP FOR EVER is known to be at the forefront in their colour cosmetics, particularly their eyeshadows.  So to celebrate the brand's 30th anniversary, they released the range MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadows (CA $24 / US $21).

3 years of developments, 88% concentrated pigment, 210 eyeshadows and 5 different finishes—these numbers represented how truly amazing this new range of eyeshadows are.  It took MAKE UP FOR EVER Creative and Artistic Director, Dany Sanz to create this current formula.  They're said to deliver up to 88% concentrated pigment in their eyeshadows, which is the highest in the market (the average on the market is way below this number).  These highly pigmented eyeshadows are available in 210 shades in 5 different finishes—Matte, Satin, Metal, Iridescent, and Diamond.

It all sounds good on paper, but how does it live up to its name?

Well, spoiler alert, it's freaking awesome.